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A couple years ago I interviewed Will Forte for Sundance Channel. I just watched Nebraska and thought of it, so here it is:
Hi! I apologize in advance as I am 7 miles from Mt. Rushmore. I’d pull off but I think the park is closing soon! So this is the best time to interview me. I am so energized about getting to Mt. Rushmore. It’s taken me 40 years to get to this part of the country so I just had to get to see Mt. Rushmore.
I was just in Iceland last week and your DreamStates episode is all about puffins. So it’s appropriate we’re talking. I assume Iceland is where you came in contact with puffins?
Yes. Yes that is where. I went to a festival there and it was a weekend long event that was amazing. During this festival whole families stay up the entire night and there were puffins all over the island I was on. So we saw these puffins everywhere and then at night all around the tents people would be snacking on puffins! And I was a little sad as they seem like these cute birds. But then I heard they had a nasty side.
So you didn’t come in contact with their nasty side? It was all second hand information?
Yes, it was all second hand.
Have you seen the YouTube video of Gordon Ramsey catching puffins and snapping their necks?
Yes, if you Google “eating puffins” you’ll find this video of Ramsey catching puffins in nets and then snapping their necks!
No wonder they have this bad attitude. They’ve gotta have this attitude to survive.
I found it funny that Icelandic people seem so nice and kind. I had such a hard time with the fact that they eat puffins, whales, and horses. All the animals you’re not supposed to eat!
Well the excuse I heard about them eating whales was that they’re actually first caught for scientific purposes and that those whales they don’t want to waste so they eat the meat.
Did you eat whale?
I am not at liberty to discuss! I did eat puffin. I did not order whale, but I did have to taste it.
I loved the whale.
How did you eat it?
Raw. Like a carpaccio and then I also had a grilled whale steak too.
How did DreamStates come about?
I talked to my friend Greg Tomlinson, whose wife Maggie worked at SNL. Greg had approached me about talking about my dreams on film. So I went to his apartment and talked about my dreams. And I just saw the illustrations the other day.
Yes, they’re pretty great. The illustrations are spot on from what I remember from my dream. The size of the puffin in relation to the mountain was exactly how I imagined.
I love that you’ll be helping Iceland’s puffin eating industry by painting them as nasty monsters.
Well, now I don’t know because of this Gordon Ramsey thing.
Well one of them bites him on the face, and then he breaks their neck
Oh, so they started it?
Well I think he was going to break their neck regardless. The first one he tried to kiss and it bit him.
Who kisses a puffin? Oh my God! I just looked up and I see Mt. Rushmore!
You’re not on SNL anymore?
I left SNL in the summer and moved back to Los Angeles.
But you were just on this past weekend with Elton John?
Just for that sketch. That was so exciting to have Tom Hanks play my brother. He is so fun to be around.
Are you working on new movies?
I just got done with a movie Tim and Eric. It is called Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. I was in Palm Springs wearing a moustache. I love wearing a mustache.
You mentioning Palm Springs just made me think of last summer. You know we were both at the same hotel last summer for our birthdays in Turks & Caicos last June? I was in the pool and I turned around and you and Jason Sudeikis were in the pool. So we almost met then.
No way! We got there and Jason and I went to our different rooms! That’s right, we were not staying together! I went to the beach and 30 seconds into the water I stepped on a sea anemone. I forgot what to do when this happens. I did not know if I was supposed to pee on myself or not. I did not pee on myself and I guess I should have. It took months to heal.
What happens when you step on one?
Well their needles break off into your skin. It did not hurt too bad at first. It was a subtle pain for a couple months and then two months later something felt wrong with my foot. I looked down and there was this, um, corn, I wouldn’t call it a zit, but I squeezed it and some crazy, gross amount of a foot brain came out.
But you have nightmares about puffins not sea urchin?
It was revenge as I always eat uni. So I earned the right to eat sea urchin in Turks & Caicos.
If you had a second dream to turn into a DreamState what would it be?
Oh man. That is what is unusual about this dream. I don’t really have a memory. College drinking killed it and that is my theory. I only remember tragic dreams. Most weird dreams I forget about. This one about puffins stuck in my head for some reason
The guilt for eating puffins?
Who was your favorite host of SNL?
There are so many. Alec Baldwin. Justin Timberlake. Will Ferrell and Jack Black. It was such a thrill with Steve Martin. Tom Hanks is so fantastic.
What do you miss the most about SNL?
It is such a unique a experience. It is torturous and grueling, but you miss it. Mostly you miss the people. It is such a family. There is a real constancy … Is that a word?
I don’t know if it is a word. I don’t think so.
Ok. Well I want you to say I said “constancy.” It will catch on. It might not be a word, but you knew what I was saying. The people there are family to me and it is hard to be away from them. Though it is nice to be close to my blood family who are in California.
One more question: did you think the women in Iceland were the hottest in the world?
That’s why I went! I was with a friend who is writing a movie based on an article that claims the women in Iceland are the hottest in the world. The article traces back the roots to the most beautiful people of the world and show that Iceland was the genesis, um no, the “constancy,” the starting point of all beauty!
I was shocked and I am gay and I was there with two gay guys and we called it straight guy heaven. The woman were all 5’9, blond, and hot! And in heels.
The guys were good looking too, right?
No, they were dogs! If you’re a straight man and don’t get laid in Iceland then something is wrong.
It was so different there. It is like Europe meets Canada. And I went to the whale penis museum. Did you?
It is not a whale penis museum. It is just a penis museum. Last week they got their first human specimen,
That is crazy! Well I need to get back there to see the update. The most memorable penis was definitely the elephant penis. There’s a real character to an elephant penis.
With that I say goodbye!